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What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books (BOB)  is a friendly reading program for 4th and 5thgraders.  Students read preselected books and engage in a fun “Family Feud” style competition against fourth and fifth graders enrolled in other Cabarrus County Schools.

Books are selected by North Carolina School Library Media Association.  I have paper copies of the list available in the library.  The list is also available here:

NC Battle of the Books List 2024

These titles are available for checkout at our school library and the public library.

Why do we participate in BOB?

To encourage students to read good books and have fun!

How does BOB work?

Students commit to reading at least ten of the titles. Students read the books on their own time and come to practices ready to discuss the books.

It is important to read these books carefully and remember the details.  Comprehension is important when answering BOB questions.  Students will develop their own questions and practice answering and remembering key details of the BOB titles.

Example of a BOB question:


In what book does the main character think Sustained Silent Reading is the best part of third grade?


Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Teams earn one point for the correct title and can earn an additional point for the correct author.

Who can participate in BOB?

Any 4th or 5th grade student who is committed to reading AT LEAST TEN of the fifteen titles is invited to try out for our team.   Those selected will need parental permission.

When are tryouts?

Tryouts for Battle of the Books will be on Friday, October 6 during lunch.

Tryouts consist of a 15 question quiz on names of BOB titles and authors.  All spellings are accepted.

When do BOB members meet?


When:  During 4th and 5th grade lunch on DAY 3 of the Art Rotation.  (I will add more days as we get closer to the competition)

Where:  Library

When is the competition?

This year our BOB competition will be virtual.  

We will have our competition in the library and competing with other Cabarrus County schools via Microsoft Teams.

First round takes place on February 22 in the School Library Media Center.  

The Final round is in person at the Boys and Girls Club on March 13. 

Are you interested in volunteering on Competition Day?

I need people to help keeping score and I know we would welcome your help on Final Round Day.   I will send out more information as soon as I know!